Wyoming's wolves and the ongoing litigation with the federal government over wolf management has been one of the defining issues of Governor Dave Freudenthal's administration.
With Governor-elect Matt Mead preparing to take office and the Wyoming wolf issue into his hands, a meeting was held this week, which included both Mead and Freudenthal, as well as U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, and Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer.
Governor Freudenthal says of the wolf issue that he “would rather settle this, but not on terms that ask Wyoming to compromise on the basic nature of its plan.”
Recently, a federal judge ruled against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's rejection of Wyoming's wolf management plan, which protects wolves in the Northwest corner of the state as “trophy game,” but leaves few restrictions on killing wolves in the other areas.
Currently, wolves are listed as an endangered species, making it illegal to kill wolves under normal circumstances anywhere in the U.S.